Joseph R. Disabato, DPM

Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Charlottesville, Virginia

About Dr. Disabato

Joseph R. Disabato, DPM, of Virginia Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates in Charlottesville, Virginia, is a native of Altoona, Pennsylvania and has been in private practice since 1994. He has been trained in traditional podiatric and orthopaedic surgical methods. Dr. Disabato has undergone specialized training in reconstructive surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, plastic surgery, total ankle joint replacement surgery and the Russian Ilizarov Method. He has studied reconstructive and trauma surgery of the lower extremity throughout the USA, Asia, Europe, South America, and Russia. His practice encompasses all aspects of foot and ankle care including simple and complex deformity management, medical and surgical intervention of traumatic injuries, microsurgical procedures, total ankle replacement surgery, preventive and interventional management of diabetic foot, ankle and leg complications.


Summary of Professional Expertise

  • Foot & Ankle Surgeon

           28 years of private practice experience

Reconstructive Surgery, Trauma, Total Ankle Replacement, Peripheral Nerve Surgery, Orthoplastic Surgery and Microsurgery

Triple board certified

  • Lecturer

National and international presentations

  •  Expert Witness Services, IME’s, Disability and File Reviews

Deposition and trial experience


  • Fellowship    

Istituto Clinico Humanitas Hospital, Milano, Italy - Graduation 2012

Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Director: Alexander Kirienko, MD

Lower Extremity Surgery/Osteosynthesis/External Fixation

Russian Ilizarov Scientific Center for Restorative Traumatology and Orthopedics Kurgan, Russia - Graduation 2005           

Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Director: Vladimir Shetsov, MD

Reconstructive & Trauma Surgery/Osteosynthesis/External Fixation

  • Residency

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (MHBC) – Graduation 1994

Bedford/Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA

Foot & Ankle Reconstructive & Trauma Surgery

Chief Resident

  • Internship

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (MHBC) – Graduation 1992

Bedford/Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA

Foot & Ankle Reconstructive & Trauma Surgery

  • Medical School

Kent State University, College of Podiatric Medicine (OCPM) – Graduation 1990

Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Doctor of Podiatric of Medicine

  • Undergraduate

St. Francis University - Graduation 1984

Loretto, Pennsylvania, USA

Bachelor of Science – Chemistry

President, American Chemical Society, SFU Chapter

Captain, Cross Country Track Team

Member, Student Union Organization

Chemistry Laboratory Assistant and Tutor


  • Virginia Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, PC

Culpeper, Virginia – 1995 to 2022

            Charlottesville, Virginia – 1994 to present

Foot & Ankle Surgeon, President/CEO

  • Fellowship Director, VFASA 

Foot and Ankle Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship, 2021-2022

Hospital Appointments

  • Sentara/Martha Jefferson Hospital

Charlottesville, Virginia – 1994 to Present

Medical Staff

Member, Laboratory and Transfusion Committee; 2001 - 2002

Chief, Foot & Ankle Surgery; 1999 - 2001, 2019 - Present

Member, Operating Room Committee; 1997 - 1998

Charlottesville, Virginia – 2010 to Present

Medical Staff

  • University of Virginia Medical Center - Culpeper Medical Center

              Culpeper, Virginia - 1995-2022
              Medical Staff

  • Culpeper Surgery Center

    Culpeper, Virginia - 2005-2022

              Medical Staff


Initial – 1997, recertification 2007, 2019

  • Diplomate, American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery - Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery

Initial – 1999, recertification 2009, 2020

Initial – 1999, recertification 2009, 2019


  • American Microsurgical Orthoplastic Society
  • American College of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair
  • World Association against Infection in Orthopaedics and Trauma Organizations
  • American Podiatric Medical Association
  • Virginia Podiatric Medical Association


  • Techniques in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Ring External Fixation: An Alternative Method of Tensioning Wires Revisited

Kanuck, Disabato, GarbalosaJune 2006, Volume 5, Number 2


  • AxoGen

Alachua, Florida

Educational Consultant - 2018 to Present

  • SBI Orthopedics

Morrisville, Pennsylvania

Educational Consultant - 2012 – 2014

  • Orthofix Orthopedics

Lewisville, Texas

Educational Consultant - 2009 – 2012

Masters Club – 2009 -2012

  • Integra LifeSciences

Princeton, NJ

May 2021 - Present

Interesting Facts

Dr. Disabato enjoys fitness training, GP and dirt track motorcycle racing.

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